Mexico recently announced its census results, reflecting a population of more than 112 million people - ranked 11th most populous country in the world - and highlighting concerns on global overpopulation.
The most recent census demonstrates significant population growth in Mexico - climbing from 97.4 million people in 2000 to 112.3 million people in June, 2010. While Mexico's population growth is partially explained by a reluctance on the part of migrant workers to leave the country in search of work, the latest figures represent an increase that is 3.6 million greater than the numbers projected by experts.
Mexico now ranks 11th among most populous nations globally.
But the Mexican figures underscore a larger issue. Populations worldwide are becoming too large - and humanity is running out of vital resources to sustain the daily demand.
According to the Population Media Center, human population globally increases by 72 people every 30 seconds. That works out to an additional 200,000 people per day - and 78 million people every year.
Population Media Center is aware of Mexico's growth - and they have been working with CORA (Centro de Orientacion para Adolescentes) to target adolescents aged 11 to 16 on issues of sexual health and education. The organization also works in many hot-spot countries, such as Nigeria, Brazil, Rwanda, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
The overpopulation issue is complex and spans social, political, religious, ethnic, and cultural divides. In the Philippines alone there exists a stubborn resistance to the idea that overpopulation is a national challenge.
“This growth rate is not high, but the real numbers continue to grow because people finally ‘stopped dying like flies’. The average worker in the Philippines is much younger than his counterpart in most of the world, giving us a long term edge that has been lost forever in so many countries. Population controllers and their propagandists, however, continue to alarm us about our supposedly ‘exploding’ numbers, without looking at the age structure, which puts us above most everybody else, when the world’s most serious problem is irreversible ageing, ‘de-fertilization’, ‘depopulation’ and ‘dechristianization’ now changing the face of Europe," a recent column in The Philippine Star proclaimed.
But the issue is a huge and unsustainable one. The United Nations predicts that African cities will triple by 2050 - a cataclysmic prediction for a continent that is simply unable to provide for this skyrocketing growth.
"Cities must become priority areas for public policies, with hugely increased investments to build adequate governance capacities, equitable services delivery, affordable housing provision and better wealth distribution," Joan Clos, executive director of UN-Habitat, said of the UN prediction, according to a report in Times Live.
While family planning, the rights of women, and the implementation of condoms are the most common solutions put forward to tackle the problem, the options may become more grim if growth figures continue unabated.